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Peru Cancels Public Sector Bridge Holidays

Source: La Primera (Lima)
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: February 17, 2010

Peru's President, Alan García, has announced that a decree will be signed this week to abolish the system of civil service bridge public holidays, instituted a few years ago.

The Decreto de Urgencia Nº 099-2009 actually goes further and cancels all public service closings except for January 1st, May 1st, July 28-29, and December 25.

A first attempt at an annual declaration of a series of civil service bridge public holidays was made in 2003 (2003-02-28), to replace the piecemeal declaration of civil service bridge public holidays that occurred in the previous years (2002-11-28 and 2001-10-19).

But, the practice of individual, last-minute announcement was continued in 2004 and 2005 (2005-08-26 and 2005-12-29), before the annual declaration of civil service bridge public holidays was finally enshrined as a yearly exercise, until this year (2006-08-22, 2006-09-15, 2007-09-20, 2008-02-08, and 2008-12-15).

Note that the announced decree envisages that, through reorganization of working shifts, the public service remain open every day of the year, including Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of 4 annual public holidays; January 1st, May 1st, December 1st, and December 25th.

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